January 4, 2009

my musical obsession

I tell the boys, more times than they care to hear I'm sure, If you're going to do something, do it right -- that's my justification for spending gazigllions of hours the past few weeks obsessing over my iTunes. My "problem" (as my iTherapist insists I call it) started when I began putting songs into decade playlists -- the 60's, 80's, etc. -- and noticing the years listed for many songs didn't match the original release date of the song/album, but were for the remastered re-issue, or the greatest hits album, or whatever. But that simply will not do, so I had to go through and change the dates, which involved a lot of research on that bastion of reliable knowledge, Wikipedia, and various other music-related sites to cross check and verify information. On the one hand I felt like I was wasting a ton of time and energy, on the other hand I convinced myself it was necessary for historical accuracy and good research practice for future educational endeavors...

And since it is the turn of the years and time for "best of" lists, I put together a few of my own Top 10 collections -- trouble is I can't count, and need to make some cuts to actually have 10 songs on my top 10 lists...

Top 10 Songs of 2008 (really not in any particular order)

  1. "See These Bones" Nada Surf
  2. "Dig, Lazerus, Dig" Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  3. "Troublemaker" Weezer
  4. "Gravedigger" Willie Nelson
  5. "Viva La Vida" Coldplay
  6. "Alligator" Foxboro Hot Tubs
  7. "Dirty City" Steve Winwood featuring Eric Clapton
  8. "I Will Possess Your Heart" Death Cab for Cutie
  9. "Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?" She & Him
  10. "27 Jennifers" Mike Doughty

some of those might be from '07, but I can be a little slow to pick up on things... any you like that I missed and need to give a listen to? Let me know...


Martin said...

Oy! Where's 'Sex on Fire' by the Kings of Leon?

That can't be right, can it?

JK said...

My son had the same question, and I could see the disgusted, disappointed look on his face when he thumped the CD down on my desk. I will give it several close listens tomorrow and see if it can supplant any on my list...